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Advocacy & Policy

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) works with policymakers and other leaders to advance policy priorities that strengthen the nation’s health and well-being.

Through policies that affect health care delivery, research, education, health equity, and more, the federal government is a key partner in sustaining the vitality of the nation’s academic medicine ecosystem, which is essential to improving the health of all. Learn more about the AAMC’s priorities for the 118th Congress.

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AAMC Endorses Resolution Recognizing the Importance of DEI in Medical Education

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), co-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force, and Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), co-chair of the Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus, introduced a resolution recognizing the importance of DEI in medical education.

AAMC Policy and Priorities



AAMC-member institutions endeavor to prepare a diverse medical research workforce and champion an environment where medical discovery can flourish. This strong commitment is key to innovation that benefits patients.

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Clinical Care

AAMC-member teaching hospitals and faculty physicians cultivate and provide high-quality health care, especially for complex and vulnerable patients -- many of whom are unable to receive care elsewhere.

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Investing in Healthier Communities

Academic medical centers serve at the crossroads of community health, health equity, and population health and are actively working to prevent and address persistent public health challenges.

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AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals play a crucial role in preparing future physicians who help create a healthier future for all with innovative graduate medical education.

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Washington Highlights

Washington Highlights is a weekly newsletter that provides updates on the latest legislative and regulatory activities affecting academic medicine.

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Scheduled hearings and meetings related to academic medicine.

  • May 24, 2024
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The Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit upheld drug manufacturers’ restrictions on the use of contract pharmacies to dispense 340B drugs.

  • May 24, 2024
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The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a May 22 hearing on FDA drug, biologics, and devices regulations.

  • May 24, 2024
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Senate Finance Committee Chair Wyden and Ranking Member Crapo issued a May 17 whitepaper on May 17 on physician payment. 

  • May 24, 2024
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Bipartisan Senate Finance Committee members released a GME policy outline and RFI on May 24.

  • May 24, 2024
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In a May 23 appropriations hearing, NIH Director Monica Bertagnolli, MD, answered questions before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS.

  • May 24, 2024
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The Senate HELP Committee on May 23 passed the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Reauthorization Act.

  • May 24, 2024
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The AAMC submitted comments to the CMS in response to a request for information focused on data related to Medicare Advantage.

  • May 24, 2024
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The AAMC signed a May 20 community letter urging the HHS OCR to clarify UHG’s responsibilities under HIPAA to notify patients of a data breach.

  • May 24, 2024
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The House Appropriations Committee considered its first FY 2025 bills on May 23, including passing suballocations for each spending bill by a party line vote.

  • May 24, 2024
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AAMC Champion of Academic Medicine Award

This award recognizes members of Congress and staff for extraordinary leadership in support of the academic medicine community.

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Advocacy Coalitions

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research supports enhancing the federal investment in the biomedical, behavioral, and population-based research conducted and supported by the NIH.

The GME Advocacy Coalition (GMEAC) is a group of organizations dedicated to the expansion and preservation of Medicare-supported graduate medical education.

The HPNEC advocates for continued support for the health professions and nursing workforce development programs critical to providing continued services to underserved and minority communities.

FOVA is a diverse coalition representing national academic, medical, and scientific societies; voluntary health and patient advocacy groups; and veteran-focused associations.

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AAMC Action

AAMC Action – Let’s Raise Our Voices Together

We are a community of students, residents, researchers, faculty members, physicians, and others who advocate on behalf of academic medicine to improve the health of people everywhere.

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